Frequesntly Asked Questions - AirJector•VET with RespiDox

Carbon dioxide generates a positive response in the treatment of medical conditions mainly through four pathways:

  • For soft tissue injuries caused by trauma, disuse or disease there are four critical properties of carbon dioxide therapy: (1) the development of a supportive environment for new tissue and blood vessels, (2) increased oxygen levels in the tissue because of enhanced release from hemoglobin, (3) increased blood flow delivery to the tissue and, (4) decreased inflammation;
  • It reduces inflammation and pain. CO2 directly moderates the inflammatory response by directly decreasing the main biological compound that regulates inflammation (NFkB);
  • As an anti-oxidant, it will help preserve tissue that would otherwise be destroyed through the corrosive activity of reactive oxygen species; and,
  • In tumors it decreases the survival of hypoxic cancer cells; in hypoxic tissues it restores blood flow and reduces tissue damage caused by programmed cell death. These outcomes occur because carbon dioxide decreases hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF1 alpha) that is released from cells that are hypoxic.

A single treatment of CO2 may have some immediate effects due its multiple actions. This may last a day, or longer. However, like any other therapy, it will wear off and there could even be a rebound response that may seem worse than when it was first applied. Only through repeated treatments will you see a more permanent effect because the healthier condition created by the therapy will support the formation of fresh tissue and it will reverse the detrimental effects of an unchecked inflammatory response.

  • The animal’s skin must be soaked before each application.
  • All ambient air should be removed from the AirCover with bandage included in all treatment kits.
  • Follow the recommended treatment protocol for the specific condition being treated.

The standard protocol recommended by our customers to their clients is to treat the condition for twenty-five minutes every day for five days, and then every other day for seven additional treatments. In some cases, such as fractures, soft tissue injuries, slow healing wounds, and lesions deep within the limb, additional treatments may be necessary. Follow-up treatments every other week for a couple of days for a period of 1-2 months are also recommended.

If you are treating a lesion that is deep within the limb (e.g., more than a few inches), in order to optimize the transfer of gas to the inner depths, you should evacuate as much air as possible from the AirCover, soak the limb in very warm water for 10 minutes before treatment, and prolong the time of therapy to 30–35 minutes.

For chronic conditions, such as arthritis and soft tissue injuries, that are based mostly on inflammation, with a minor need to repair tissue, the standard treatment may well be sufficient. This would be followed up with a treatment every one to two weeks. Eventually, monthly or semi-monthly treatments may be enough to keep arthritis at bay.If there is trauma to the tissue typical of tears, fractures, or ruptures, the protocol should be extended with treatments two or three times a week for a full eight weeks.

Extended treatments may be needed for slow healing wounds. You may notice that the initial set of treatments are having good results, and you may want to continue therapy to ensure the good response.

For the prevention of such conditions, our clients are reccomending a six-treatment protocol twice a year to keep animal limbs healthy.

For post-exercise recovery treatments, one treatment after each exercise is recommended.

Always consult with your animal's health care provider for individual case-specific recommendations and cautions.

Each treatment should be given for 20-25 minutes. With the exception of very deep lesions, there is no added benefit in continuing the treatment beyond 25 minutes.

We recommend that fresh wounds on the leg be wrapped in a couple layers of gauze to prevent any abrasion to the wound as the cover is pulled on and off the leg.

The RespiDox AirCapsule contains CO2 in liquid state, and CO2 only becomes a gas when released under high pressure by pressing the gas release button on the device. If pressing and holding the gas release button continuously until the AirCover is fully inflated, or if pressing it only a little bit first and releasing and repeating this press and release of the gas release button and inflate the AirCover that way, the AirCapsule may still have some small amount of CO2 left in it, as well as inside the device. It is normal to hear a small gas release after detaching the AirCapsule from the device. It is recommended to reconnect the device to the AirCover a few minutes before the treatment is completed and release the rest of the CO2 left in the system to ensure that all available RespiDox is used for the treatment. As shown in the AirJector•Vet unboxing video, even before twisting off/detaching the AirCapsule holder from the device top, it is recommended to press the gas release button a few times to ensure the AirCapsule is in fact empty.

No, they are non-invasive and pain-free. The treatment provides some pain relief and the warm steamy gas is generally pleasurable to the patient.

Customers are typically responsible for payment of the VAT based on the rules and regulations of the country where their order is shipped unless it is indicated otherwise during the online checkout process and on the purchase confirmation. In many cases we cover all additional costs along with the shipping cost. Please pay attention to this during checkout; otherwise, you may experience delays in receiving your products.

Treatments can be given in any otherwise safe environment.

AirCapsules are frozen inside the AirJector•Vet device during RespiDox CO2 release. This causes the AirCapsule to stick to the inside mechanism while the AirCapsule holder is detached from the device top. It is safe to simply remove the AirCapsule at this point by using a glove or rag to grab and remove the AirCapsule or wait until AirCapsule is getting back to room temperature and then remove it. CAUTION: Never attempt to remove frozen AirCapsules with bare hands as doing so may result in frostbite and damage to the skin.

A starting kit includes a hard-shell carrying case with the AirJector•VET device, 6 or 12 (depending on the treatment kit selected) 14.5g RespiDox AirCapsules, and 6 or 12 AirCovers. The starting kit also contains a roll of Vet Wrap and bandage along with the owner’s manual.

Yes. The AirJector•VET device and all its accessories, including the RespiDox AirCapsule, can be transported via air. Attempting to carry them in your checked luggage is, however, not recommended. The air transportation of compressed gases may be restricted by regional DOT rules and regulations. Typically, the AirCapsules will be covered under a limited quantity exception for air shipping. However, it is strongly recommended to contact your air carrier to obtain information about transportation of compressed gases. When ordering accessories, it is recommended to have them sent to the address where the treatment will take place, in which case we will take care of all shipping and related administration.

One AirCapsule may be used for multiple treatments depending on the type/size of the AirCover in use. The AirJector•VET device holds the gas for days, therefore the AirCapsule can be used for multiple treatments during multiple days until the AirCapsule is emptied.

The AirCapsule should only be removed from the AirJector•VET device if the user has confirmed that the AirCapsule is in fact empty. That may occur after one treatment or after multiple treatments, depending on how much gas is used for each treatment. Press the gas release button, and if no hissing gas comes out through the sprayer end, the AirCapsule is empty and can be safely removed. If gas still comes out, press and hold the gas release button until all gas is released (sound stops) before removing the AirCapsule from the device.

No. It is a ONE-TIME-USE component product! In order to prevent cross-contamination, the AirCover should NOT be used more than once. After using the AirCover once, please dispose of it according to local regulations and provisions.

If treatment has been stopped and the AirCover has been removed, a new AirCover must be used to continue treatment.

Experiments show the ideal environmental temperature for the skin to absorb gases is between 82°F and 97°F (28°C to 36°C). Since the RespiDox gas cools the water as they’re mixed together, it is recommended to fill the water cap with water heated to as high as 104°F (40°C). WARNING! Please exercise caution when using hot water.

The gas will start escaping through the safety pathways designed around the AirCapsule housing threading and at the bottom of the AirCapsule housing into open air. This will cause gas pressure release noise. If this happens, stop using the device immediately and place the device away from people and animals until the gas release noise completely stops and the AirCapsule empties. The user should ensure the AirCapsule is empty by pressing and holding the gas release button. If no gas release noise is heard, the device is in fact no longer under pressure and you may continue removing the AirCapsule housing.

Yes. AirJector with RespiDox CO2 can be used as an addition and complement to other prescribed treatments for the same or other conditions the patient may have. However, it is recommended to consult with your animal’s health care professional before applying any treatment.

Yes. We offer online or in-person training. Just Schedule a Demo via our designated website feature. However, the product was designed to be user friendly by following user instructions.

Orders will generally be sent out within 1 to 2 business days after receipt of payment. Shipping time will vary based on shipping method used and destination.

Not necessarily. Many times the AirCapsules and/or AirCovers are shipped separately from the device.

Yes. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return your item(s) for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Returns must be in the condition you received them and in the original packaging. Merchandise returned damaged, not in the original packaging, or missing parts may not qualify for a refund.

If the entire protocol cannot be followed and the treatment regimen must be halted for any reason, the results tend to be delayed as well. Our clients therefore recommend the animal owner schedule and plan at least 30–45 days ahead to ensure the protocol can be followed to achieve the desired results.

Our products are only available to licensed or certified animal care providers. If we cannot verify the information you have provided during registration, and no updated information has been received or updated information cannot be verified, your registration and access to our products and methods may be denied. Double checking important information before completing registration is recommended.

If you accidentally damage an AirCover and create or find a small cut or hole that would leak during application, never worry!

Use the AirCover Repair Stickers included in each treatment or starting kit package to cover over the hole. If the damage is beyond the repair capability of the stickers, feel free to return the damaged AirCover for a replacement. SImply use another AirCover from your kit in the meantime.

No. The AirJector•VET device, the RespiDox AirCapsules, and the AirCovers are available ONLY to registered animal care professionals who make a living caring for animals on a daily basis. Animal care professionals include veterinarians, veterinary technicians and technologists, animal clinics and hospitals, veterinary pharmacies, farriers and mobile animal care service providers, animal sanctuaries, shelters, and rescues, veterinary researchers, scientists, and institutions, zoos and zoologists, animal health care educational institutions, and other health care providers caring for animal health on a day-to-day basis.

Not to worry. Most of the time animals don't even notice the gas release. However, some animals are more nervous in general, and they may need to be held more firmly during the first couple of treatments until they experience the AirCover and the sound of gas release and get comfortable with it. After treatment is completed, there is still a small amount of liquid CO2 left in the AirCapsule, which can make a slight gas release noise when removing the emptied AirCapsule from the device. If possible, removing the AirCapsule away from the animal possibly in a separate area is recommended.

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